How do I apply for the APS?
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1 but no later than June 30 for each year you plan to use the APS award. You can access the FAFSA through the Alaska Student Aid Portal (ASAP). There is an alternate application available in ASAP for students attending schools that are not FAFSA-eligible.
Note that students graduating from private schools or who are privately homeschooled must submit the APS Private School Eligibility Determination Request Form to EED, in addition to applying via the FAFSA or alternate application.
How does the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculated from the FAFSA information impact my eligibility for the APS?
The EFC has no impact on the APS amount you can qualify for. While the APS amount you can receive may be reduced if you are eligible to receive non-loan aid (such as other grants and scholarships) that reduce your cost of attendance, the EFC is considered self-help aid and is therefore not included in any calculation of APS eligibility or award amount.
Which institutions receive FAFSA data and require completion of the FAFSA to apply for the APS?
To determine if the Alaska institution at which you intend to seek admission receives data from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), go to fafsa.ed.gov and use the School Code Search to see if it has a federal school code. If the institution has a federal school code, you must complete the FAFSA to receive an APS award at that institution.
If my selected school does not receive FAFSA data, how do I apply for an APS?
If your school does not have a federal school code, you need to use the alternate application available through the Alaska Student Aid Portal (ASAP). Non-FAFSA schools and their programs need to be approved for participation in the APS. All institutions and programs approved by ACPE and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development are listed in a drop-down list on the alternate application.
When will I be notified if I'm eligible for the scholarship?
Students who have submitted the FAFSA* can log into the Alaska Student Aid Portal (ASAP) to securely access their eligibility information after August 1st. If your eligibility information isn't available, check back weekly, as high school eligibility data is uploaded to ASAP on an ongoing basis. ACPE will also send a written award notice to students when their high school eligibility data is received. Students may also receive communication directly from their postsecondary institution of enrollment; for example, in a financial aid award letter.
*Students attending a school that does not receive FAFSA data must submit the APS Alternative Application, available on ASAP.